Menghadapi Online Harassment Ala Kelly Tran

Kelly Tran justru menjadi sasaran orang-orang rasis setelah berperan di The Last Jedi (Sumber: starwars.com)

Menjadi bintang baru di Star Wars: The Last Jedi ternyata nggak cuma membuat Kelly Marie Tran menuai pujian, tapi juga menuai teror terkait rasnya. Seperti yang dijelaskan oleh Global News, Kelly Tran harus menghadapi online harassment dari berbagai pihak. Sejak filmnya rilis pada 15 Desember 2017, dia banyak mendapat banyak komentar negatif secara online.

Pada akhir Desember 2017 lalu,  melalui website Wookieepedia terdapat user anonim yang membuat laman khusus karakter Rose Tico Page, tetapi nama karakternya diganti menjadi “Ching Chong Wing Tong” dan mendeskripsikan karakter Rose menjadi “stupid, autistic and retarded”.

Laman ini sudah direvisi sesuai dengan karakter asalnya, dan user yang membuat laman tersebut sudah di banned dari website Wookieepedia. Untungnya FANDOM (yang bikin website tersebut) literally nggak mentolerir rasisme dan harassment.

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Tapi nggak berhenti disitu, karena masih banyak lagi bully yang ditujukan ke Kelly melalui berbagai media sosial lain. Nggak cuma ejekan karena Kelly Tran memiliki wajah Asia, tetapi juga sampe body shamming. Seperti tweet dari Paul Ray Ramsey melalui akunnya @ramzpaul yang membandingkan fisik antara Kelly dan Eight yang diperankan oleh Grace Park dari Battlestar Galactica, sambil ngebandingin foto bersebelahan.

Nggak banget deh pokoknya. Padahal Paul ini internet-persona yang bahkan akunnya udah di verified sama Twitter. Mungkin sekarang saatnya Twitter mempertimbangkan akun verified beneran layak atau nggak buat Paul. Untungnya, Kelly Tran membalas berbagai bully tersebut dengan pesan positif melalui akun instagramnya.

A few days ago, I was at a pub eating pie with a friend, when this DELIGHTFUL group of people came in. They sat down at the table next to me and started discussing The Last Jedi — in minute detail. My friend started filming as I listened, and she captured my reaction as they discussed Rose. ?? After lots of creepy listening — and eating ?? — I awkwardly walked over to introduce myself. They couldn’t be more lovely. What an incredible moment in a string of incredible moments I’ve been experiencing lately. ❤️ In my 8 years as a struggling actor, I came to the realization that the hardest thing to obtain from another human being is their genuine interest. Sometimes, getting someone to listen to your story — your idea — is really hard. It’s pretty impossible for a movie to get made, and there are many stories that don’t make it into a book or a film or a television show. I know how lucky I am to be a part of something that people love, to be able to act and tell stories at all. And one of my greatest joys has been creepily listening to conversations about TLJ when I’m out and about. ?? Regardless of opinion or preference, it’s still a topic of discussion. And no matter who we are, no matter where we’re from, if we can really listen and have a conversation about something — anything — it can really open up a door. It can open us up to new ideas and new understanding. So thanks, wonderful people, for watching and dissecting and discussing. It makes me happy to know that we made something that’s starting a dialogue. My heart is so full, and my goals are so clear. Let’s tell more stories. Let’s have more conversations. Let’s get to know lives and worlds different from our own. And most of all — let’s open our hearts and accept our differences. More love, less hate. Also, more pies, because THEY ARE AMAZING. ?❤️??? PS @catmahoney87 — thanks for not thinking it was creepy when I went through my insta tags to find this photo so I could write about this moment. ?❤️

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Sebagai aktris dengan keturunan Asia pertama yang memiliki peran besar di Star Wars, ia menyampaikan pesan mengenai “Love More, Less Hate. Let’s open our hearts and accepts our differences.

Selain Kelly Tran yang lempeng nanggapin bully, banyak juga yang mendukung Kelly Tran lewat fitur reply di twitter. Mulai dari balasan meme sampai kalimat-kalimat frontal yang memaki balik. Tingginya dukungan terhadap Kelly Tran juga memotivasi dirinya balik untuk terus menyebarkan positive vibe melalui media sosialnya.

Just a daily reminder that no matter who you are, where you’re from, whether you’re dressed up or not — you are a human that is worthy of love and fulfillment. There may be people who think you’re “weird”. There may be people who don’t understand you. There might even be people who say hurtful things. And hey, guess what? That’s not about you, its about them. So. DO YOUR THING. Love yourself. Live your best life, and do it loudly. Honestly, that’s a power move. And in today’s world, it’s one of the bravest. (GRYFFINDOR, AM I RIGHT?! ?) Oh and if you’re feeling a little lost, or if you feel like you haven’t got it all figured out, I’m right there with you. These posts honestly start as journal entries because I need to remind myself these things too! We’re all a bit of a beautiful mess, aren’t we? ? Anyway. Let’s choose to love ourselves and each other. That’s what the world needs more of. After all, it’s a magical time of year. ??????????❤️ Oh and PS — trolls live under bridges for a reason. They hate light. So let yours shine brightly despite their stink!! ??☀️??? ? on the left by: @professor_ohlsson, styled by: @michelle__cameron, featured in: @8daysmagazine. ? on the right by: my mom, styled by me, featured … on my Instagram. GUYS she’s SO OVER taking these re-enactment photos of me hahaha dying. LOVE YOU, MOM ???‍♀️

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Kelly is smart. Be like Kelly.

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